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Comment: Re:Who could benefit from this medical info? (Score 2, Informative) 167

by darkdaedra (#27925131) Attached to: Break-In Compromises 160k Medical Records At UC Berkeley
I got the e-mail -- I was a student there at the time. It wasn't the medical records that were compromised, just the SHIP (student health insurance plan) waiver application data that was stolen. Those waivers included SSNs. It's more of a credit/identity theft issue than a medical record issue -- unless of course identity thieves were using that information for health insurance applications, which is, I guess, a real possibility.
Announcements

+ - New Science Books to be Available Free Online

Submitted by fm6
fm6 (162816) writes "Bloomsbury Publishing, best known for the Harry Potter books, has announced a new series of science books that will be available for free online. Bloomsbury thinks they can make enough money off of hard-copy sales to turn a "small profit". The online version will be covered by a Creative Commons license which allows free non-commercial use. They've already had some success with the one book they've published this way, Larry Lessig's "Remix: Making Art and Commerce thrive in the Hybrid Economy". The series, "Science, Ethics and Innovation", will be edited by Sir John Sulston, Nobel prize winner and one of the architects of the Human Genome Project."
First Person Shooters (Games)

+ - First Movie of Individual Carbon Atoms-> 2

Submitted by Bojangles
Bojangles (695173) writes "Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), working with TEAM 0.5, the world's most powerful transmission electron microscope, have made a movie that shows in real-time carbon atoms repositioning themselves around the edge of a hole that was punched into a graphene sheet. Viewers can observe how chemical bonds break and form as the suddenly volatile atoms are driven to find a stable configuration. This is the first ever live recording of the dynamics of carbon atoms in graphene. In case the site gets slashdotted, there are direct links to the videos."
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Science

Fermilab Discovers Untheorized Particle 217

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the surprise-particles dept.
alevy writes to mention that scientists at Fermilab have detected a new, completely untheorized particle. Seems like Fermi has been a hotbed of activity lately with the discovery of a new single top quark and narrowing the gap twice on the Higgs Boson particle. "The Y(4140) particle is the newest member of a family of particles of similar unusual characteristics observed in the last several years by experimenters at Fermilab's Tevatron as well as at KEK and the SLAC lab, which operates at Stanford through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. 'We congratulate CDF on the first evidence for a new unexpected Y state that decays to J/psi and phi,' said Japanese physicist Masanori Yamauchi, a KEK spokesperson. 'This state may be related to the Y(3940) state discovered by Belle and might be another example of an exotic hadron containing charm quarks. We will try to confirm this state in our own Belle data.'"
Music

+ - Free unreleased music from NIN, Jane's Addiction->

Submitted by
blackroseMD1
blackroseMD1 writes "In anticipation of the upcoming Nine Inch Nails/Jane's Addiction (NINJA) North American Tour, Trent Reznor today released a free EP of 6 unreleased songs from Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction and Street Sweeper. It contains studio versions of songs such as Whores (JA) and Non-Entity (NIN), which have only been available as live bootlegs before. The EP is available in MP3, FLAC, M4A and WAV formats and can be downloaded at NINJA2009.com."

Once again, Trent Reznor shows Radiohead and the RIAA how business is done. Well done Trent."

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Powering Restaurants WIth Deep Fried Fuel 148

Posted by samzenpus
from the the-power-of-grease dept.
Mike writes "Here's a brilliant idea for biofuels: rather than filtering used fry oil for use in vehicles, why not simplify matters and use it to heat and power the restaurant itself? The VegaWatt turns used vegetable oil into clean heat and energy for restaurants, eliminating the dirty and costly mess of oil disposal while producing 10-25% of the electricity needed to run a small restaurant. It also produces fuel free of chemicals or fossil fuels, unlike standard biodiesel."

Comment: Re:Why stop online? (Score 5, Insightful) 597

by darkdaedra (#27069473) Attached to: Calif. Politican Thinks Blurred Online Maps Would Deter Terrorists
Agreed. Plus, GPS devices should be outlawed -- terrorists could use them to navigate in lieu of maps. Actually, history books, almanacs, encyclopedias, these all tell terrorists what we care about. Those should be outlawed too. Plus the internet, which allows them to communicate, and possibly phones, the mail system, UPS, FedEx and other courier services. Then maybe we can finally feel safe!
Games

Does a Game Have To Fail To Get a Real Ending? 178

Posted by Soulskill
from the whatever-happened-to-pacman-anyway dept.
After the closure of Tabula Rasa over the weekend, the Opposable Thumbs blog asks if that's what it takes for a game to have an actual ending these days. Quoting: "It's no surprise that most games hope for a sequel, as it's the easiest way to get some of that money back while taking advantage of the staff, engine, assets, and other advantages you've banked while creating the first title. The problem? This has lead to a generation of cliff-hangers at worst, and endings that hedge their bets at best. ... As all the game's characters die, as the servers are shut down, as the data is erased or backed up and then boxed or whatever happens to MMO data once the game is done, it's hard not to be a little sad. The sights and sounds of the world of Tabula Rasa are gone, forever. All the memories written into those ones and zeroes will quickly be forgotten, and no one will walk those grounds again." Massively put together a few screenshots and videos to commemorate the ending of the game.

Comment: Ad revenue (Score 0) 524

by darkdaedra (#27002087) Attached to: Why Kindle 2's Screen Took 12 Years and $150 Million
Silicon Valley Insider notes that the so called savings would kill ad revenue. Lets not forget where most publications make most of their revenue. The real trick here is to make a profitable ad delivery system on portable devices in order to make subsidized delivery of the devices a real possibility.

Comment: Re:The enemy (Score 0) 550

by darkdaedra (#26973421) Attached to: Who Poses the Greatest Threat To Your Privacy?
This is exactly right. However, this is where individual responsibility comes in. If the government takes away our privacy, it's our own fault. The onus is completely on us to make changes when we dislike the current paradigm. You are responsible for your privacy and your freedom. Shirking that onto others is shameful and counterproductive.

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